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Upgrading graphics card in dell E521.From onboard to 9500GT.

by vivangkumar / February 10, 2009 9:34 PM PST

Hi everybody out there.
I have a question. Can i upgrade the dell E521 to a geforce 9500GT from the onboard crappy graphics? The dell forums says its absolutely ok and the power supply will handle the card. the card needs a min of 350W with 18A on +12V rails. But the dell supply is 305W nd has 18A on the 12V rails. Is it possible? Or should i settle for a 8600GT?
Pls I need ur help
Thank U!

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Let's say we measure this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2009 9:42 PM PST
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it will be really close
by chickenorfish / February 10, 2009 9:50 PM PST

it will be really close. i think as long as you only have 1 hard drive and 1 dvd/cd rom you should be ok. ive read a lot that dell underrates their psus. newegg is good with exchanges if it doesnt work out

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R u sure?
by vivangkumar / February 10, 2009 10:43 PM PST

Hey thanks for replyin. i only hav 1HDD 1dvd nd d processor. will it b ok?or will i face problems in d future?

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by chickenorfish / February 10, 2009 11:27 PM PST
In reply to: R u sure?

you will just have to make your best decision. keep in mind that depending on your cpu and ram, the video card may be overkill if theres a bottleneck in the system somewhere

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it will be fine
by ramarc / February 11, 2009 3:12 AM PST
In reply to: R u sure?

a pci-express x16 slot must provide up to 75w of power. if a card doesn't require an additional pci-e power connector (and the 9500gt doesn't), then it is designed to run within the normal current of the x16 slot and won't need a large power supply.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 13, 2009 12:19 AM PST

Not your exact card but I installed the following replaced a this with that and here's the Watt readings of the entire PC before and after.

Said PC is a common Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, single HD, single DVDRW.

Nvidia FX5700 256MB AGP 8X = 105 Watts running Doom

ATI HD 3650 512 AGP 8X = 135 Watts running Doom

If your machine taps as much as mine that 305 Dell Watt PSU should be fine with this type card.

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